text and images courtesy of Phoenix Art Museum

This fall, Phoenix Art Museum begins a full year of celebrations leading up to the Museum’s 60th anniversary by hosting its annual fall gala, The pARTy in the Garden, on Saturday, November 3, 2018.

This exclusive event revives the beloved pARTy, an annual Museum gala held from 2007 to 2015, to honor the past, present, and future of art and community in the heart of downtown Phoenix.

Arizona State University President Michael Crow will be the guest of honor.

Featuring an inside look at an anniversary-themed fashion installation alongside cutting-edge contemporary installations; fine food, drinks, dancing; and the gala’s first-ever guest of honor, Arizona State University President Michael Crow, the pARTy in the Garden will play an essential role in supporting Phoenix Art Museum.

Guests will receive an exclusive viewing of the upcoming exhibition, Ragnar Kjartansson: Scandinavian Pain and Other Myths, an exhibition introducing viewers to recurring themes in Kjartansson’s work such as Nordic identity, melancholia, repetition and popular culture. Guests will also be able to view the Museum’s recent acquisition of Kjartansson’s work, The Visitors (2012), a highly acclaimed nine-screen video installation that features musicians and singers performing a song written by Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, Kjartansson’s ex-wife.

Guests will receive an exclusive viewing of the upcoming exhibition, Ragnar Kjartansson: Scandinavian Pain and Other Myths.

The evening’s festivities will begin in the Dorrance Sculpture Garden, areas of which will be transformed into elegant lounges, with custom cocktails courtesy of Arizona Distilling Company and Código 1530. Over the course of the evening, The pARTy will move throughout the Museum featuring iconic fashion ensembles from the Museum´s collection from 1959 and 1960, the first years the Museum opened its doors.

A festive dinner will take place served at seated tables in Cummings Great Hall, featuring remarks honoring the commencement of the Museum’s 60th anniversary season and honoring Dr. Michael Crow for his influence in promoting a thriving City of Phoenix and Central Corridor. Following dinner, guests will return to the Dorrance Sculpture Garden for dessert, drinks and dancing.

The Co-Chairs: left to right, Amy Cohn, Ellen Katz, Margot Knight and Meredith von Arentschildt. 

To date, the benefactors include Barbara & Craig Barrett, Matthew Boland & Christopher Greulich, Laurie & Drew Brown, Carol & Larry Clemmensen, Amy & Andrew Cohn, Lee & Mike Cohn, Denise & Bob Delgado, Cathy Dickey, Jacquie & Bennett Dorrance, Kelly & Steve Ellman, Susan & Carter Emerson, Laurie & Budd Florkiewicz, Erin & John Gogolak, Judy & Bill Goldberg, Diane Halle, Nancy Hanley, Sharon & Oliver Harper, Jeanne & Gary Herberger Foundation, Carrie & Jon Hulburd, Ellen & Robert Kant, Ellen & Howard Katz, Tracy & Jeff Katz, Randy & Ken Kendrick, Margot & Dennis Knight, Sally & Richard Lehmann, Dawn & David Lenhardt, Sharron & Del Lewis, Vicki & Kent Logan, Sharon Dupont McCord, Marina & Robert Moric, Dionne & Francis, Najafi, Neiman Marcus, Northern Trust, Opatrny Family Foundation, Rose & Harry Papp, Lisa & Blair Portigal, Mary Kay & Bill Post, Kim & Steve Robson, Sue & Bud Selig, Pam & Ray Slomski, Paula & Robert Smalley, Snell & Wilmer L.L.P., DeeDee & Ken Vecchione, Meredith & Charlie von Arentschildt, Jennifer & Bruce Ward, Christine & David Watson, and Wells Fargo.

Black and white cocktail attire is requested. Complimentary valet parking will be provided. Individual tickets begin at $750, with additional benefactor table and underwriter opportunities available at $50,000, $25,000, $10,000 and $1,000. For more details on purchasing tickets or tables, please visit www.tickets.phxart.org

All proceeds from the event will support Phoenix Art Museum, enabling the Museum to open its doors to the community.

WHEN: Saturday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Phoenix Art Museum

ATTIRE: Black & White Cocktail Attire

CONTACT: specialevents@phxart.org , www.tickets.phxart.org or  602.307.2012

TICKETS: Individual tickets begin at $750. Additional Benefactor  Table and Underwriter opportunities are available.